tiles will cover the fronts of stair risers. Each step represents a
of Lopez Island, from the bottom of the bay, up to the beach, the
the forest and into the sky. The technique is a variation on cuerda
(dry line) used in the Arts and Crafts style tiles of the early 20th
I tried a traditional mix of oil and mineral pigment for the lines, but
sometimes it flaked off after firing. I am now using a commercial wax
which will let the natural color of the quarry tile show as the line. I
transfer the design to the blank tile using carbon paper. Then I apply
the resist to the line using a small squeeze bottle with a metal tip.
that dries, it forms a barrier for the glazes so that each shape can be
filled in without the glazes flowing together. The quail, kid and
tiles have links to further technical details relevant to those tiles
to the project as a whole.
this page to test new design ideas, so it will change periodically. As
work progresses, the drawings will be replaced with scans
of actual tiles. Last updated 8/22/02.